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destroyverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈstrɔɪ/
to damage something, esp. in a violent way, so that it can no longer be used or no longer exists: You can use a shredder to destroy old bank statements. Losing his job seemed to completely destroy his confidence.
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destroyverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈstrɔɪ/  us   /dɪˈstrɔɪ/
B1 to damage something so badly that it cannot be used: Most of the old part of the city was destroyed by bombs during the war. The accident seemed to have completely/totally destroyed his confidence.
to kill an animal because it is ill, in pain, or dangerous

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